Freddie Gibbs Extradited To Austria To Face Rape Allegations
Amid reports that Freddie Gibbs has been extradited to Austria under allegations of rape, the rapper's lawyers say he voluntarily withdrawn his extradition appeal.
“Mr. Freddie Gibbs while free on bail in France voluntarily withdrew his procedural extradition appeal,” says a statement from his lawyers. “He did so to work cooperatively with authorities to assure a smooth transfer to Austria and to further enhance the opportunity for an expedited decision on the merits. Freddie has faithfully abided by all terms and conditions of his release and transfer set by the Court.”
The statement further maintains Gibbs' innocence, and emphasizes that he has not been charged with any offense.
"Mr. Gibbs remains hopeful that a thorough and searching investigation will reveal the actual facts, including the absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence implicating him, thereby paving the way for his exoneration and return to his family and one-year-old child," the statement continues.
In June, Gibbs was arrested in France, minutes before he was scheduled to hit stage for a performance on his Shadow of a Doubt Tour, under allegations of rape. The warrant for his arrest was issued in Austria, for a rape allegedly committed in 2015.
A judge ordered that he be extradited from France to Austria to face the allegations. Gibbs appealed the extradition in June, but now has withdrawn the appeal.
According to the publication ORF.at, Gibbs has been in custody in Austria's Josefstadt prison.
Gibbs' lawyers say they will ask the court to release him on bail, "under reasonable terms and conditions," as he was released in France.